Butterflies,Transformation and You!

The butterfly I met today! 
When I got home, I did a Google search and found out that this is a Buckeye butterfly
The Ancient Greek word for "butterfly" is ψυχή (psȳchē),    
which primarily means "soul" or "mind" --Wikipedia
For the last week or so, I had been seeing Monarch butterflies frequently. Every time I saw one, it took me to another level of happiness. I would say to each one I saw, "Hi beautiful!" as it fluttered by me. 

Yesterday, a woman was telling me about a visit she and her children had to the Cleveland Zoo. She mentioned how they went into a rain forest; then came out of it and went into an area with lots of butterflies. She told me how the butterflies had landed on them and they took pictures. As she told her story, I felt so inspired. I wanted to experience that too!

Wanting an experience, but fearful of how it will feel

So, today as I was walking to the store I saw a butterfly in the grass. I bent down. I wanted to invite it onto my hand, but I was nervous. I was a bit scared to have it on my hand. I was anxious because, even though it was beautiful-- it was an insect. I'm not the most comfortable person around 'bugs.' 

There I was kneeling down and appreciating the beauty of this butterfly. I had never seen this type before so, I wanted to take note of the colors. Then I decided I would invite it to come onto my hand. I winced and even thought to myself, "Do butterflies bite?" I pulled out my Android and snapped a photo.

The wind of the cars going by kept moving the butterfly's wings, so I thought, "I better act fast." I put my hand down near it and gently said, "Come on, little one." It crawled up onto my hand and then fluttered onto my jeans (photo below). 

As it jumped onto my jacket, I stood up and became a little nervous (then calmed down)... and finally I got a photo of it on my hand (photo above).

Then it flew from my hand and landed on my bag. It didn't want to leave me! I walked (gingerly and awkwardly) with it on my bag for a few moments, but I didn't want to take it to the store.  So, I gently picked it up by one of its wings and released it back onto the grass, gave it some Reiki and continued on to the store.

My butterfly friend clinging to my bag

As I made my way down the street, I thought about my initial reaction to actually having the butterfly on my skin. I didn't know what the sensation would be. Experiences with other insects (ants, flies and mosquitoes) weren't the most pleasant. So, I expected this one to be the same. Fortunately, it wasn't.  

I wonder how many of us want to experience a great relationship, financial prosperity and good health, but we allow our fears to overrule our true desires? I'm glad I didn't allow my initial squeamishness hold me back from my first ever personal butterfly experience.

Butterflies & Transformation

After a caterpillar has eaten enough food, it encases itself in a shell-like structure called chrysalis. While it's in chrysalis, the caterpillar undergoes growth, development and change so that it can become the best and highest version of itself-- a butterfly.

My butterfly companion on my jeans...
Sometimes we find ourselves in tight, limiting and constricting situations like the caterpillar in chrysalis. Like the caterpillar, this is a dark and painful time that let's us know that change is necessary. During these times, our happiness and mobility are challenged (in fact, we feel frustrated and stuck). 

We may want to whine and complain and wonder "WHY ME?"  or "WHY WON'T GOD JUST RESCUE ME FROM MY MISERY?" But just as the Universe won't step in and "solve" the constricting and challenging problem of the caterpillar--  the Universe won't deprive us of the opportunity to transform on our own.

When the caterpillar has sufficiently transformed and has the ability to thrive outside its shell, it breaks out by pumping its wings ('the way out' of the confining and claustrophobic shell was already within the caterpillar's being). This is the same for us. We can emerge from any challenging circumstance by tapping into the power that is already within us.

Problems as opportunities for change and expansion 

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." --Maya Angelou 

Whether you're dealing with 'problems' in your relationships, finances or health-- you have the power for transformation. That power can be tapped by cultivating soul intelligence. Your life matters. What you do matters.

There's a theory called the 'Butterfly Effect.' The Butterfly Effect states that the flapping of butterfly wings in one location in the world can cause a chain reaction of events that can cause a hurricane somewhere else in the world.

Watch this video for a wonderful story on the power of the Butterfly Effect.

I invite you to begin your journey of soul transformation today. 
You matter!

Click photo to see it in all its splendor! Awesome, huh?

""How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." 
--Trina Paulus 

"Nerves and butterflies are fine- they're a physical sign that you're mentally ready and eager."  
--Steve Bull

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